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Educational Psychology BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: C812

Untangle the relationship between learning, development and psychological disorders. Understand the core concepts of psychology and what makes humans tick. Apply your learning with work placements in educational settings on this degree accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
Start dates: September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Psychology
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Psychology
Students sat round a table reach into a bowl in the centre of a table, with their tutor watching behind them.

Discover the learning and development of children and young people on our educational psychology degree.

We’ve designed this course to focus on psychology and the human brain, with some modules looking at the core theory through an educational lens. You’ll explore how conditions like autism and ADHD impact behaviour, social interaction and learning.

Unravel the human mind

Investigate the four key areas of psychology (social, developmental, biological and cognitive), as well as the relationship between brain and behaviour. Delve into the fascinating functions of the brain including memory, intelligence, personality and individual differences.

How do thinking, language and emotion enable us to process what goes on around us? And how do social influences alter our individual behaviour? We’ll investigate the answers to these questions and more during your time on this course.

Apply your skills on placement

As you discover what influences motivations and behaviours in an educational setting, you’ll test your skills hands-on. The BSc (Hons) Educational Psychology course includes a work placement. Bring techniques and strategies for learning, teaching and assessments to life in a school or other educational-based setting.

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Course features

  • Professional accreditation

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

  • Work placement opportunity

What you'll study

Our introductory psychology modules delve into the relationship between brain and behaviour, perception, memory and intelligence. We’ll introduce you to research methods and data analysis that help problem solving in the real-world. There’s a focus on key undergraduate skills like academic reading, group work and critical writing. We’ll also build your personal development. What’s more, your introduction to educational psychology will involve examining the issues facing education today.

Compulsory modules:

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Essential Skills in Applied Psychology

Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology

Introduction to Educational Psychology

Introduction to Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology

Investigating Psychology 1

Investigating Psychology 2

You’ll study four major areas of psychology (social, developmental, biological and cognitive) to develop critical awareness and improve your interpersonal skills. We’ll introduce you to advanced research methods where you’ll use your findings to better understand human behaviour. A work placement at the end of Year 2 of your educational psychology degree will give you practical experience in a school setting or in association with educational psychology providers.

Compulsory modules:

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Biological Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Research Methods and Data Analysis

Social Psychology

The Psychology of Teaching, Learning and Instruction

Use research to explore specific areas of educational psychology for your dissertation. You’ll consider how to apply your knowledge of educational psychology in practice to prepare you for future employment or further study. We’ll give you a range of optional modules in your final year, where you can really focus in on educational development. Learn how autism, dyslexia and ADHD impact behaviour and learning. Or explore how educational foundations mould lifelong development.

Compulsory modules:

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Dissertation

Personality and Individual Differences

Psychology Placement: Linking Theory to Practice

Reflections and Future Directions

Two of:

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Applied Psychopharmacology

Applying Psychology to Lifestyle Behaviour

Clinical and Abnormal Psychology

Cognitive Neuroscience

Evolutionary Psychology

Forensic Psychology: Eyewitnesses and Suspects

Foundations for Learning

Learning to Thrive

Mind, Brain and Behaviour: The Foundations of Psychological Explanation

Psychological Predictors of Learning and Achievement

Psychology and the Virtual World

Psychology in the Courtroom

Psychology of Language

Psychology of Substance Misuse

Research Technologies and Tools

Social Neuroscience

Special Educational Needs

Work Psychology

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

Our teaching methods vary from traditional style lectures to tutorials, seminars and workshops. There is a well-equipped laboratory facility consisting of IT rooms and research cubicles. We have a wide range of IT facilities, including experiment generation and statistical packages.

You will also complete a work placement at the end of Year 2 within an educational context such as a school, educational psychology service or educational research group. Some placement types are limited and travel may be required.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Most modules are assessed by a mixture of examination and coursework, though some are assessed solely by coursework. Coursework assignments might be essays, research project reports, portfolios, group presentations, posters, or the critical analysis of research papers. In addition, in Year 3 you will complete a dissertation.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by staff with a wide range of interests in psychology. Members of our team have worked previously in schools, colleges and other educational institutions and conduct research in collaboration with schools and local authorities.

The Department of Psychology operates a research internship scheme where you may have the opportunity to volunteer to assist with staff research across a range of exciting projects. Previous projects have focused on subjects including eye movements and memory, alcohol and inhibition, autistic traits, attentional bias to pictures and words, personality and offending behaviour, behaviour change and food awareness, multiple perspective taking, the neural underpinnings of action simulation, and the question of whether emojis reveal true emotions.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Please note, for the purposes of studying psychology, level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BCC-BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Law and Psychology buildingThe £6million Law and Psychology building provides contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the Department of Psychology and the School of Law, Criminology and Policing.

The three-storey building includes a 250-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning. There are also specially designed experimental facilities for psychological research.

Where you'll study

Law and Psychology

Learning resources

Psychology resources include state-of-the-art eye trackers, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) methods, and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) for examining cognitive functioning and brain activity. Other specialist laboratories include a group testing laboratory, bi-directional observation rooms, a ‘bar simulation laboratory’ (for alcohol research), audio-visual suites and dedicated IT facilities equipped with subject specific software installed to support experimental work.

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

International

£15,500

a year

The UK tuition fee rate is subject to final Government approval for academic year 2023/24 entry. The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which is the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist. Our degree is the perfect foundation on which to build your further education and training.

With this undergraduate degree you’ll be on your way to pursuing career paths such as:

  • educational psychology
  • clinical psychology
  • work psychology
  • health psychology
  • teaching
  • higher education
  • advertising
  • care professions

Our graduates use this initial programme to kickstart their careers in the psychology sector and go on to apply their skills in a range of rewarding roles. It’s important to note that if you want to train as a psychologist, you’ll need to undertake postgraduate education. This undergraduate degree is the perfect first step to becoming a chartered educational psychologist.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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